The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) is now inviting applications for its 2010 Dorothy Sidley Memorial Scholarships.

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) is now inviting applications for its 2010 Dorothy Sidley Memorial Scholarships.

The Scholarships, established in 1986 as a memorial to the late Dorothy Sidley MBE, support student and industry trainee research projects that are aimed at improving the welfare of food animals at slaughter, in markets or during transport.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students in agricultural, veterinary or meat sciences, or trainees in the livestock, meat and fish industries in the UK, are eligible, as are students registered at universities outside the UK that have a UFAW/HSA University ‘LINK’ person (see www.ufaw.org.uk/links-news-events.php). Each Scholarship is for up to £2,000.

Applicants are encouraged to design research projects in areas they are particularly interested in. This year the HSA is also making some suggestions for research areas including: studies to assess the efficacy of automated poultry bleeding systems in slaughterhouses; investigation of whether fish should be bled by cutting both sets of gills in order to protect their welfare rather than one as is typically the case now; investigation of the constraints in some countries to the adoption of modern methods of stunning prior to slaughter.

Closing date for applications for the 2010 Scholarships is 28th February 2010. Further information and application forms are available at the HSA website (www.hsa.org.uk) or by contacting the HSA on +44 (0)1582 831919, email info@hsa.org.uk.

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